West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville

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The West Virginia Penitentiary is a gothic-style prison located in Moundsville, West Virginia. Now withdrawn and retired from prison use, it operated from 1876 to 1995. Currently, the site is maintained as a tourist attraction, museum, training facility, and filming location.
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  • Had an amazing time at the Pen with my students! Our guide Garrett was knowledgeable & shared many interesting facts about the prisoners lives before and during their incarceration. Hope to bring... 
    Had an amazing time at the Pen with my students! Our guide Garrett was knowledgeable & shared many interesting facts about the prisoners lives before and during their incarceration. Hope to bring...  more »
  • Garret was the best tour guide ever. I had such a good time thank you.I would definitely come again! 
    Garret was the best tour guide ever. I had such a good time thank you.I would definitely come again!  more »
  • Lee was a fantastic tour guide. He was quite knowledgeable on the historical tour we took. I would recommend the historical tour to anyone who happens to be passing by. 
    Lee was a fantastic tour guide. He was quite knowledgeable on the historical tour we took. I would recommend the historical tour to anyone who happens to be passing by.  more »
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  • Fascinating, informational, and tour guide knew an answer for every question. This was the historical tour we took but they also offer a twilight tour, an escape room, and other options throughout the year. The architecture was truly amazing and it has 1 of only 2 in the world turn table doors. It was amazing to hear how ordinary citizens would interact on the facility to get everyday items done; Mail or haircut. Definitely a good visit for older children. Might be a little bit scary for the younger. I felt it was handicap accessible. There were ramps throughout the tour. There is a gift shop and a photo opportunity to get a mugshot or sit in an electric chair.
  • Myself and a group of friends recently visited the penitentiary for a Friday night Twilight Tour. We had a FANTASTIC time. Everything about the event was well organized from start to finish. Our Tour Guide was amazing. He was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the prison's history + fun facts about the surrounding Moundsville area. Wish I remembered his name because he really made the experience perfect. We would definitely go back for another ghost tour and are looking into visiting again around October to experience their haunted house. Thank you! (EDIT: I think the Tour Guides name may have been Jason. Wonderful Guy).
  • Just an amazing and horrific glimpse back in time. The tour was informative and very interesting. Our tour guide did a great job. We definitely have plans to go back and do some of the other tours as well as their Halloween events. If you are a history buff or paranormal detective (or both) this is definitely a place to visit!!!
  • I have completely forgotten our guides name but she was truly great. We had a fantastic time, learned so much about our prison system, history, and how cruel humans can truly be. Beautiful architecture in its own rite. Would absolutely recommend that you make reservations beforehand or it's very possible you won't get in
  • We took a trip down to The West Virginia Penitentiary for a history tour and to do the escape room. Everyone we encountered was AMAZING. Lee was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and spoke loud enough for the whole group to hear him clearly. I found myself listening to every word and not zoning out. He did a great job! The Escape Room was so much fun. While we didn't get out, we were laughing and talking about the experience the entire 2 hour ride home.

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